Historian's "Encyclopedia Of North Carolina" Covers State

The man known as "North Carolina's historian" has a new book out and it has more than 1300 pages with more than 2000 entries.

William Powell of Chapel Hill spent 15 years working on the "Encyclopedia of North Carolina." The book from UNC Press is a comprehensive history of the Tar Heel state written in small essays on various topics. It goes on sale today.

The book is the third major historical reference book written by Powell, who is a professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More than 550 researchers, including scholars and reporters, contributed to the project, with Powell editing each submission and writing dozens of entries himself.

The encyclopedia is a three inches thick, rich with detail and full of trivia.